The hens have come back to roost! Earlier today, Netflix and Aardman Animation have announced that they’re teaming up again to create that much-anticipated sequel for Chicken Run! They’ve also revealed that the film is to be titled Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, and it’s heading to Netflix in 2023.
While it was announced previously that the film would be coming to Netflix, the title announcement is brand new. A few notable cast members will be reprising their roles, but the main duo of Ginger and Rocky will be voiced by all new actors. Thandiwe Newton will be voicing Ginger, while Zachary Levi will be taking the role of Rocky. In the original film, the strong willed hen and boisterous rooster were voiced by Julia Sawalha and Mel Gibson. Along with the news, Netflix also gave us a first visual tease of the pair, along with a tease of their new daughter. The chick will be named Molly and will be voiced by Bella Ramsey. You can check out the logline for Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget below.
Synopsis: “Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!”
The film will be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman, Flushed Away). Along with Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, and Bella Ramsey as Ginger, Rocky and Molly; the film will also feature Jane Horrocks as Babs, Imelda Staunton as Bunty, Lynn Ferguson as Mac, Josie Sedgewick-Davies as Frizzle, David Bradley as Fowler, Romesh Rananathan as Nick, Daniel Mays as Fetcher, and Nick Mohammed as Dr. Fry.
An Escape Most Foul
For those of you that are new to these nuggets. Chicken Run was released in 2000, produced by Aardman Animations and Dreamworks Animation. It was also Aardman’s first feature film. The movie follows a group of chickens, led by Ginger, in a dark but hilarious adventure as they try to escape from their farm. When Rocky the rooster crashes into their yard, he promises that he can teach them all to fly.
Meanwhile, the owners of the farm decide to switch their business from selling eggs to selling pies! It’s a race against the clock as the chickens work to escape with their heads intact. The film was an overall hit at the box office and currently has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Since 2018, there have been talks of a sequel to the cult classic being in development, and it seems like there’s finally a light at the end of this purgatory! Whether you grew up with these feathered friends or are just getting to know them, this seems like a film worth keeping an eye on!
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